Free Online Kanji Etymology Dictionary
(A comprehensive Free Online Kanji Etymology Dictionary for the Web)
An Etymological Dictionary of Chinese Character Interpretations
By Lawrence J. Howell and Hikaru Morimoto
– Covering more than 6,500 Chinese characters as used in Japan –
Kanji Search Results
BIS is as per 酓 (Type 1 Phonetic) (pour alcohol) + 欠 ([create a] cavity) → pour (a drink/medicine) into the mouth → drink; swallow; take (medicine) → smoke (tobacco) (← consume with the mouth). Eventually, 酓 was replaced by 食 food/eating.
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